George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major Albert Pawling, 2 March 1779

To Major Albert Pawling

Hd Qrs Middlebrook 2 March 1779


In your letter of the 25 Ulto you seem to have misconceived the intention of Congress, upon which is founded your application for leave to resign. It is not their purpose to reduce Col. Malcom’s Regiment. This will be incorporated with Col. Spencer’s,1 and as you are the only Major in the two Regiments of cou[r]se you will be continued.

After considering the just claims which the country have on good offi[c]ers I am persuaded you will suspend your application.2 I am sir your &.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the consolidation of these regiments, see GW to John Jay, 3 March, and n.4.

2Pawling resigned from the Continental service despite GW’s appeal.

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